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FSU stifles UMass in tourney opener

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Michael Snaer scored 18 and No. 22 Florida State held UMass to a poor shooting day in Thursday's 73-53 victory in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

The Seminoles, 5-0 for the second straight season, meet Harvard in a semifinal at 4:30 today. Harvard defeated Utah 75-47 on Thursday night behind 13 points each from Keith Wright and Corbin Miller.

Defense paved the way again for FSU. On Nov. 16 the Seminoles allowed Stetson to make 10 3-pointers. It rebounded Sunday as South Alabama went 0-for-24 on 3-pointers. And Thursday, the Minutemen, who defeated Boston College of the ACC 82-46 on Monday, made just 2 of 23. FSU also forced 22 turnovers, recorded nine blocks and 14 steals and outrebounded UMass 47-35.

It was a physical game as UMass was called for 30 fouls and FSU 22. Four technical fouls were called, two against each team. The Seminoles went 30-of-39 from the free-throw line, the Minutemen 13-of-21.

Trailing by one, FSU closed the first half with a 15-4 run. Snaer scored seven during that span. And the lead grew to 17 five minutes into the second half.

Luke Loucks added 12 points for the Seminoles. And Okaro White, like Loucks a Clearwater High graduate, recorded a double double for FSU with 11 rebounds and 11 points.

UCF 74, College of Charleston 63: Keith Clanton tied a career high with 28 points and added 14 rebounds for the Knights in the Battle 4 Atlantis. UCF (3-1) faces UConn in a semifinal at 7 tonight. Tied at 58 with 7:34 left, UCF went on an 11-2 run capped by Tristan Spurlock's dunk with 1:35 left.

UConn keeps winning

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb scored 23 to help No. 4 Connecticut run its win streak to 16 games 73-63 over UNC Asheville in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Napier had four 3-pointers, including a four-point play, and seven assists for the defending national champs. UConn (5-0) shot 52 percent (25-of-47) from the field and 40.9 percent (9-of-22) on 3-pointers to overcome 19 turnovers.

Late Wednesday: Tyler Thornton made two 3-pointers over the final 1:10 — for six of his seven points — as No. 6 Duke beat No. 14 Kansas 68-61 in the Maui Invitational final. The Blue Devils are 15-0 all time in the tournament. The game had 12 ties and 16 lead changes. The final lead change came on Thorton's second 3-pointer, an off-balance shot with 20 seconds left and the shot clock winding down. "It's a dream shot," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "People will say it's a lucky shot, but I'll say I'm lucky to have him on my team. Sometimes you're on a bus with a guy who deserves it. And for that moment, we were on his bus."

Women: USF falls in Great Alaska final

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Riquna Williams scored 17 to lead No. 9 Miami past USF 92-72 in the final of the Great Alaska Shootout. Miami (4-1) led 44-32 at halftime and blew the game open with a 24-7 run over the first nine minutes of the second half.

Jasmine Wynne led the Bulls (4-3) with 21 points. Coach Jose Fernandez said he was proud of his team for not giving up after falling behind big.

"If a game is out of reach, you need to win a game within a game, and I think we did that," Fernandez said. "I was disappointed we gave up as many points as we did. We didn't play defense particularly well here in Alaska."

No. 15 Purdue 61, Tulane 48: Brittany Rayburn made 5 of 8 3-pointers and scored 20 for the Boilermakers in Cancun, Mexico. Up 48-46, Purdue (5-0) outscored Tulane 13-2 over the final 7:39. Tulane's only points came on free throws with 47 seconds left.

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